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ERIC Number: EJ928066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0957-1736
Yiddish as a Vernacular Language: Teaching a Language in Obsolescence
Adler Peckerar, Robert J.
Language Learning Journal, v39 n2 p237-246 2011
The task of teaching non-territorial languages such as Yiddish at the university level is a complex undertaking. The teaching of Yiddish has its own particular difficulties due to an ever-diminishing population of native speakers available to students, a lack of contemporary cultural materials, and an abundance of outdated teaching materials. A critique of the two major textbooks used to teach Yiddish underscores the necessity for a new approach. In creating a web-based Yiddish curriculum, contemporary problems that are particular to the Yiddish classroom can be overcome. The defragmentizing nature of multimedia interactive technologies help students develop communicative competence in Yiddish, a language that was once the vernacular of the majority of Jews in the world but, in the aftermath of genocide, has come to be taught as a written--and not spoken--language. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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